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Today's Opinions

  • Let’s put traffic calming ideas to 30-day test run

    I would like to thank the writers in Thursday night’s Monitor, voicing opposition to the “favored” options for the Trinity project.
    It seems obvious that the options A1 and A2 would be a disaster for commuters, shoppers and those wanting to travel from Los Alamos National Laboratory to the town site during noontime.
    Clearly traffic will be slowed to the lowest common denominator and gridlock will likely ensue morning, noon, and early evening. Commuters will, in all likelihood, avoid Trinity like the plague.

  • Just A Wag 01-14-11

    Porn probe set to wrap up
     Word is that the outside investigation into pornography allegedly downloaded from county computers at the Los Alamos Fire Department should conclude today.

    Clerk becoming fulltime?
    We have heard that a move is underway to switch the Los Alamos County Clerk post to a fulltime, salaried position. Stay tuned for updates.

    Send us your wags

  • Tool helps small business tap global markets

    Technology and energy products, chili peppers, nuts, dairy goods and other farm products have topped the list of New Mexico’s exports for the past few years, but the state has a vast untapped potential to sell more of its goods and services well beyond our nation’s boundaries.

  • Birthright all wrong

    The first week of the year started off with a bang.  Well, more of a loud laugh.  The new majority in the House decided to demonstrate that they are “dedicated to our Constitution and the principles for which it stands” and hence used a couple hours to read the U.S. Constitution.  

  • Small scale bold changes appear

    Consider this column a memo to New Mexico’s new public education boss, Hanna Skandera.
    When thinking about system change, don’t think about reform. The trap is that words mean something. “Reform,” by definition, accepts the current system and proposes betterment by tweaking.
    Mere “reform” of our public schools won’t get the job done, Ms. Skandera.

  • Readers speak out on Trinity project

    If this seems like “deja vu all over again,” it is.  Five years ago, county planning came forward with a concept that involved installing three large roundabouts, back-to-back on Diamond Drive.
    Fortunately, the councilors listened to the public outcry,  backed off this pretentious plan and it was shelved.

  • Looking for answers

    The transportation board is having the council vote Jan. 25 to change Trinity Drive from four lanes to two lanes with 8-10 roundabouts between Oppenheimer and East Gate.
    What to do?
    E-mail our councilors (their e-mail addresses are in the Sunday Monitor).
    Speak up before the council votes on the above proposal. (Before you go to the council meeting, make sure you will be allowed to speak.)
    You too, can write a letter to the editor, as I have done.

  • More on the Arizona tragedy

    The horrific events of Tucson  are still much in focus as many try to make sense of what happened,
    It seems clear a deranged young man is responsible and he alone.
    But as the attack took place on a (moderate) politician, it is not surprising that, in what was a political act,  many have focused on the toxic rhetoric that pervades our media and political discourse.